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Poster: Jim F Date: Jul 28, 2009 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Was Betty the only known female taper to ever exist? I've always wondered why taping was such a man's gig? I mean go to any gig, anywhere, how often do you see a woman mixing, recording, etc? I've always said, the first female taper I ever meet, I am going to propose to her, regardless of compatibility, baggage, looks, etc.

Though actually a couple years ago I was taping a local gig and the keyboard player in the band was a woman (AND hot, too) and we were both patched off the board. I'da proposed but she was dating the guitar player.

But seriously, I imagine in the earlier years, being a female taper would have had some serious advantages. It's been my experience that it's not often a hippie girl gets patted down beneath her dress. You coulda prolly taped down a coupla reel to reels between her legs and gotten in no problem. I imagine that's how a lot of dudes got their gear in actually haha. Now that I think about it, I know a dude who said he once strapped his wife up with his gear to secretly tape a Dylan show I think it was, knowing she wouldn't be searched as throroughly.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 29, 2009 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Betty Boards?

Betty was pretty certainly the only female taper in the late '60s... Actually, it seems Bob Matthews had the same idea you did - "Holy smokes, a chick with a tapedeck, I gotta get her to work for us!" She'd been working at the Family Dog in '67 and he snatched her for the Dead so he could romance her over the tapedecks....

Someone should scan & post the picture of her recording a show in the Taping Compendium #2, it's a good one.

Men are the vast majority of tapers, music-collectors, music-techies & music-forum writers. (You'd think, from reading Dead forums like this one, hardly any women like the Dead!) The same is true in the movie world too. Why that is, I have no idea.....